It’s currently about 30 degrees in Boston and the entire city is covered in permafrost. This is the warmest it’s been all week. Tomorrow, I’ll be hopping a plane and leaving it all behind for the duration of TAM5.5, located in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! Well, sort of sunny. It’ll be a bit gloomy Thursday and Friday apparently, but Saturday and Sunday are going to be perfect. I can’t wait! Read further for news on that and a bit more.
On Friday, I’ll be helping Bart Farkas run a seminar on Getting Your Voice Heard Online, all about the joys of podcasting. Saturday, I’ll participate in panel discussions and give a short talk about the Talent Quest, and what goes into making a public radio show. Saturday night I’ll be throwing a party like I did at TAM5 — this time, I was smart enough to plan it so that I don’t have to give a talk the morning after the big shindig.
For those of you who sadly cannot join me at TAM, check in here on the site and I’ll try to provide updates, as will Sam, Skepchick’s newest writer (and, in case you didn’t notice, the only dude on the site).
Speaking of TAM, I got a nice write-up in the local (to JREF) alternative weekly paper, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. The reporter was super cool, and I babbled to her for ages, so kudos to her for putting up with that. One minor quibble is that my first big skeptical meetup was TAM3 back in 2005, not the Amaz!ng Adventure to Alaska (which was just this past September). But, I couldn’t be more pleased that she referred to Skepchick as “the Wonkette of science skepticism.” I’m certainly making a go at building this into a dynamic resource for critical thinkers, and thus far I think the new team of Skepchicks are doing wonders to make that happen. So . . . hooray!
Also in regards to the Skepchick forum, I’ve given it a stay of execution for the moment as I’m considering merging it with the SGU forum so that people can still have a place to go if they’re interested. It’ll be a smaller subforum, but I think we can do it so that all usernames and such are maintained. (That won’t happen until I’m back from TAM, at least.)
Oh, finally, make sure you check out the link to Who’s Who on Skepchick, off in the right-hand sidebar. That’ll be updated with everyone’s photos and bios as we go, so you can find out all about the new and improved team.
Okay, that’s it for now. I hope to see many of you in Florida!